Person Experiences Illusion Of Being In Motion (e.g., Travel Simulation, Etc.) Patents (Class 472/59)
  • Patent number: 9536446
    Abstract: A motion simulation system includes actuators having a planetary gearbox engaged with and driven by a servomotor engaged with a crank. A connector rod is engaged with the crank of each actuator, and engaged with a platform configured to attach to a vehicle. A control system is operable with each electric servo motor of each actuator for delivering control for providing a simulated motion to the top plate. Control data is sent to the servomotors using a msec data send and receive rate, with internal processing within the nano-second range. Such update rates coupled with a real time, dynamically responsive motion controller results in a desirably smooth and accurate simulator motion. The control system includes a washout filter for transforming input forces and rotational movements. One to six degrees of freedom systems having smooth performance with high payload capability are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Dynamic Motion Group GMBH
    Inventors: David J. Vatcher, Simon A. James, Andrew J. Cox
  • Patent number: 9387402
    Abstract: There is provided a method for converting a computer game into a real-life simulation environment comprising receiving metadata defining virtual features and a virtual layout, matching the virtual features to simulation features of the real-life simulation environment, mapping the virtual layout onto the real-life simulation environment, and compiling those results as data corresponding to a real-life simulation of the computer game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Rhoades, Jeffrey Voris
  • Patent number: 9297177
    Abstract: An open chamber of predetermined size and shape is positioned within a pool bed so as to contain interconnected clusters of interconnected telescopic modules which occupy the chamber area. Each of the telescopic modules is independently extended and retracted in length vertically by the increase or decrease of the volume of water contained within a bellows, establishing in selected telescopic modules a specific reef size, shape, and orientation. When kinetic-energy is introduced upstream from a source, the kinetic-energy within the water passes over the reef, and generates a wave having specific features resulting from the properties of the specific reef configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventor: Phillip James Fricano
  • Patent number: 9011259
    Abstract: A people moving system having a people pod and a cable support system attached to the people pod. The cable support system supports the people pod in the air and includes cables that are each connected at one end to the people pod and each connected to their own respective motor/winch system at the other ends. A computer control system is in signal communication with the motor/winch systems and allows the same to move the people pod in three (3) dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Jordan Michael Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8968109
    Abstract: A method utilizes reduced operational time and motion paths with consequently reduced manufacturing, operational, and maintenance costs relative to roller coasters, motion simulators, and other similar thrills rides currently in use. This method is accomplished by an Aggressive Linear Acceleration System (A.L.A.S.) maneuver, which is defined as 1) moving a passenger vehicle (107) at a constant angular speed (A) about one central axis of rotation (105), 2) moving passenger vehicle (107) at constant angular speed (A) about central axis of rotation (105), and away from central axis of rotation (105) at an increasing speed by a negative driven acceleration C, and 3) moving passenger vehicle (107) at constant angular speed (A) about central axis of rotation (105), and away from central axis of rotation (105) at a decreasing speed by a positive driven acceleration E. Consequently, the A.L.A.S.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel James Stoker
  • Patent number: 8961326
    Abstract: A suspended flying rig system including a plurality of cables attached to a load support. In response to retraction and/or deployment of at least one of the plurality of cables, motion is provided generally within a three-dimensional working space to the load support. The motion includes at least six degrees of freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Tait Towers Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventor: Scott Fisher
  • Patent number: 8920251
    Abstract: An amusement ride has a retaining structure and at least one platform that is connected in an articulated manner to retaining elements which hold the at least one platform on the retaining structure. The retaining elements are cables which are under tensile stress during operation of the amusement ride. The cables have an effective length and the effective length of the cables is variable. Cable winches disposed on the retaining structure are provided that wind the cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas Dietz, Andreas Pott, Gino De-Gol, Alexander Verf
  • Patent number: 8864593
    Abstract: A seat assembly comprises a plurality of stabilizing members mounted to a base. A passenger support member is moveably mounted along the plurality of stabilizing members. A plurality of spaced apart inflatable actuators are drivingly connected to the passenger support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Simex Inc.
    Inventors: Alex L. Gil, Michael Berinde
  • Patent number: 8827366
    Abstract: An infant care apparatus includes a base; a drive mechanism disposed on the base; a controller electronically coupled to the drive mechanism; and a support device coupled to the drive mechanism. The support device is configured to be moved in both a horizontal and vertical direction relative to the base by the drive mechanism. The drive mechanism is controlled by the controller to move the support device in a plurality of motion profiles relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Thorley Industries LLC
    Inventors: Frederick Karl Hopke, Henry F. Thorne, Mary J. Koes, Robert D. Daley
  • Patent number: 8831840
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for a guidance application capable of coordinating the interior features of a vehicle (e.g., the heating/cooling system, automatic windows, automatic seats, automatic sunroof, seat heaters, etc.) to produce the current environmental conditions (e.g., sunshine, heat, wind, etc.) displayed in a media asset being accessed in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: United Video Properties, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter R. Klappert, Michael R. Nichols, Satinderpal S. Sikh
  • Patent number: 8827822
    Abstract: A robot for virtual reality experience, in which a settling body for a user is moved in multidirectional according to operation states of first and second moving units and first and second crank motors. The settling body creates various moving directions according to the operation states of the first and second moving units and the first and second crank motors, and each magnitude of forces applied to each moving direction is changed, thereby forming the various waveforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Xenarts., Inc
    Inventors: Wan Pyo Lee, Dong One Ha, Seung Hwan Paek
  • Patent number: 8795095
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a motion ride for creating an illusion of teleportation on a multiple of passengers in a ride vehicle. Multiple embodiments of varying apparatus are presented for completing four steps of the method. Passengers observe motion of the passenger vehicle over several environments creating an anticipated location for a perceived final destination of the passenger vehicle following motion through an enclosing structure. The enclosing structure has motion distinct from motion of the passenger vehicle over a predetermined amount of time creating a separation between the actual final destination of the passenger vehicle and the perceived final destination anticipated by passengers. Revealing the actual final destination of the passenger vehicle to passengers creates the effect of the passenger vehicle appearing in a different and unanticipated location instantaneously. The effect can be used for complimenting a story-telling teleportation event of a motion ride.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel James Stoker
  • Patent number: 8773238
    Abstract: The present document describes a device and method for synchronizing a motion signal corresponding to a media content with a media signal for the media content, the motion signal being for controlling a motion feedback system. The method comprises: receiving a portion of the media signal; obtaining a fingerprint corresponding to the received portion of the media signal; from reference fingerprints associated with time positions of at least one reference media content, identifying a reference time position of the media content corresponding to the obtained fingerprint; obtaining the motion signal associated with the identified reference time position of the media content; and outputting the motion signal synchronized with the media signal using the identified reference time position of the media content for controlling the motion feedback system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: D-Box Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Francois Menard, Pierre-Anthony Stivell Lemieux
  • Patent number: 8721464
    Abstract: A dynamic simulator includes a carrying platform, a movable platform, a load carrying seat, a first actuator pivotally coupled to carrying platform, and a second actuator pivotally coupled to movable platform, and an included angle is formed between the first actuator and the carrying platform, and an included angle is formed between the second actuator and the load carrying seat, and an included angle is formed between the second actuator and the first actuator, so as to simplify the dynamic simulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Brogent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Chih-Hung Ou Yang, Deng-Horng Lai, Ke-Cheng Chien
  • Patent number: 8641540
    Abstract: A system for patron movement and entertainment comprising a track, and at least one vehicle engaged with and positioned below the track, capable of carrying at least one patron in a passenger portion and moving along the track. Each vehicle preferably includes a motion base between the track and the passenger portion, and a turntable between the track and the motion base for rotating the passenger portion in the yaw direction, and particularly for directing the patron's viewpoint toward desired show elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventors: Roland Feuer, Matthew Sellers
  • Patent number: 8636600
    Abstract: Ride systems providing guest compartment(s) with a roll degree of freedom through radial mount(s) are described. The guest compartment of the vehicles is attached to a track via a chassis. The guest compartment and the chassis are configured such that the guest compartment has a roll degree of freedom relative to the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Derek Howard
  • Patent number: 8579714
    Abstract: This new invented mechanism is geometrically defined by two concentric tetrahedrons. Four motors are mounted onto the four vertexes of an outer tetrahedron frame. Four outer arc-links which are driven by these motors are pivotally connected with another four inner arc-links which are pivoted by four vertexes of an inner tetrahedron frame. This mechanism not only extends the range in pitch, roll and yaw three rotational DoF for enlarging the limits of Stewart 6-axis motion platform but also increases two translational DoF for improving the shortage of gimbals type multi-ring mechanism. This mechanism can simulate high maneuvering motion (ex. Barrel roll or fast spin) as high-speed vehicles (ex. fighter or roller coaster) can to stimulate passengers with virtual-but-real and shocked-but-exciting sensation. This mechanism will be chosen as a motion platform or a space orientating mechanism for a theme park game machine or a military fighter trainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: TRUI, Wen-Der
    Inventors: Wen-Der Trui, Shu-Ching Lin
  • Patent number: 8460119
    Abstract: The combination of a truly realistic three dimensional real image in color and a second device to produce a repetitive passage of a solid object through the real image creates the illusion of one solid body passing through another. A simple method of accomplishing this is to mount a clock with a pendulum over or under the image and allow a pendulum end to pass periodically through the real image. Other means such as a device running on a circular track could accomplish the same illusory effect. The pendulum end or the device can take various forms as can the real image. In principle the designs are not limited in size. The invention creates an exciting visual and illusory moment of a second object passing through an apparently solid object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventors: Brooke Schumm, Jr., Brooke Schumm, III
  • Patent number: 8444496
    Abstract: A lateral dynamic simulation device includes a positioning platform (1), a motor mechanism (2) and a carriage (3). The positioning platform (1) has an upright positioned arm (10). The motor mechanism (2) has multiple degrees of freedom and comprises a base (20), a platform (21) and a plurality of stretchable bars (22) to join the base (20) and the platform (21) by the universal joints (220). The carriage (3) has a space (30) at the frontal portion for carrying passengers and a back portion (31) at the rear portion. The base (20) of the motor mechanism (2) is fixed to the arm (10) of the positioning platform (1) and the platform (21) of the motor mechanism (2) is fixed to the back portion (31) of the carriage (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Brogent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Deng-Horng Lai, Ke-Cheng Chien
  • Publication number: 20130045811
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a motion ride for creating an illusion of teleportation on a multiple of passengers in a ride vehicle. Multiple embodiments of varying apparatus are presented for completing four steps of the method. Passengers observe motion of the passenger vehicle over several environments creating an anticipated location for a perceived final destination of the passenger vehicle following motion through an enclosing structure. The enclosing structure has motion distinct from motion of the passenger vehicle over a predetermined amount of time creating a separation between the actual final destination of the passenger vehicle and the perceived final destination anticipated by passengers. Revealing the actual final destination of the passenger vehicle to passengers creates the effect of the passenger vehicle appearing in a different and unanticipated location instantaneously. The effect can be used for complimenting a story-telling teleportation event of a motion ride.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel James Stoker
  • Publication number: 20130012328
    Abstract: The current application describes a motion ride method for producing a quick and powerful linear acceleration of a passenger vehicle within a confined space. This solves a current problem in fields of roller coasters, motion simulators, and similar thrill rides, of which there is a contending requisite of spatial and temporal resources that limits motion and simulator parameters. The method utilizes reduced operational time and motion paths with consequently reduced manufacturing, operational, and maintenance costs relative to roller coasters, motion simulators, and other similar thrills rides currently in use. This method is accomplished by an Aggressive Linear Acceleration System (A.L.A.S.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel James Stoker
  • Patent number: 8287394
    Abstract: A seat assembly comprises a plurality of stabilizing members mounted to a base. A passenger support member is moveably mounted along the plurality of stabilizing members. A plurality of spaced apart inflatable actuators are drivingly connected to the passenger support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Simex Inc.
    Inventors: Alex L. Gil, Michael Berinde
  • Publication number: 20120258810
    Abstract: A lateral dynamic simulation device includes a positioning platform (1), a motor mechanism (2) and a carriage (3). The positioning platform (1) has an upright positioned arm (10). The motor mechanism (2) has multiple degrees of freedom and comprises a base (20), a platform (21) and a plurality of stretchable bars (22) to join the base (20) and the platform (21) by the universal joints (220). The carriage (3) has a space (30) at the frontal portion for carrying passengers and a back portion (31) at the rear portion. The base (20) of the motor mechanism (2) is fixed to the arm (10) of the positioning platform (1) and the platform (21) of the motor mechanism (2) is fixed to the back portion (31) of the carriage (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventors: Deng-Horng LAI, Ke-Cheng Chien
  • Patent number: 8246479
    Abstract: The present invention is a mechanical ride that simulates riding an actual rodeo bull. simulator, which provides a rider a simulation of an rodeo bull ride. The ride includes a track, a sled to move the ride along the track, and a mechanical body affixed to the sled. The mechanical body includes a plurality of actuators and motors that simulate the bucking, rotating, lunging, pitching, and tilting movement of an actual rodeo bull. The simulated movements are performed at the same time as the ride moving along the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventor: Roland Tirelli
  • Patent number: 8241038
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a simulator comprising at least one projector arranged to project an image, and a non-spherical, generally continuous, dome-like projection surface on which the image is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Edward W. Quinn, Randall W. Wallace, Michael R. Vogel, Jason L. Seeliger
  • Patent number: 8241133
    Abstract: Systems, devices, apparatus and methods of using a simulator cabin module with an interior space which replicates a space ship, where the simulator module is mounted in a real aircraft, as a real airborne simulator. The aircraft lifts off to provide airborne maneuvers such as parabolic flight paths to cause G force and zero gravity effects to passengers in the cabin module. The cabin module includes rows of seats where passengers experience realistic sounds, lights, different temperatures, and physical effects (vibrations) of space ship liftoffs and space travel by having realistic simulation effects distributed over the seated passengers. Passengers can be seated in special reclinable seats with 5 point harnesses and pilot helmets with operable wireless communications and uniforms to add to the realistic simulation effects. Simulator modules can also be mounted in other moving vehicles, such as but not limited to submersibles, ships, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Communications Concepts, Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Lewis, Nick A. Mascia
  • Patent number: 8197005
    Abstract: An infant care apparatus includes a base; a drive mechanism disposed on the base; a controller electronically coupled to the drive mechanism; and a support device coupled to the drive mechanism. The support device is configured to be moved in both a horizontal and vertical direction relative to the base by the drive mechanism. The drive mechanism is controlled by the controller to move the support device in a plurality of motion profiles relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Thorley Industries LLC
    Inventors: Frederick Karl Hopke, Henry F. Thorne, Mary J. Koes, Robert D. Daley
  • Patent number: 8147344
    Abstract: A ride system for moving a passenger vehicle through a dynamically-defined work space. The system includes a track structure that guides one or more motorized or driven carriers on the track structure. The system includes winches on the carrier(s) that are independently operable to set lengths of the vehicle supporting cables, which extend outward from the winches to the vehicle. During operation, the winch systems provide upper anchor points for suspending the passenger vehicle such that these anchor points are selectively positioned. The winches may be independently operated as the carrier(s) travels from a first position to a second position, such that the vehicle body pitches, rolls, or yaws and moves transversely relative to the track. The winches may be operated concurrently to drop or raise the vehicle to define the work space for the vehicle in the vertical direction. Passenger input may interactively control motion of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Crawford, Edward A. Nemeth
  • Patent number: 8142298
    Abstract: An interactive activity system is disclosed. One embodiment includes a generator configured to produce electrical power based on physical interaction with a human being, a storage component configured to store the electrical power, and at least one play-oriented application configured to utilize a portion of the electrical power for operation. In one embodiment, the interactive activity system is implemented in a traditional, non-electronic playground environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Landscape Structures, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve King, Tom Felber
  • Patent number: 8047924
    Abstract: A method of providing a simulated bull ride includes guiding a rider to sit on an artificial bull in a bull chute, translating the artificial bull out of the chute along a slidably-coupled track and pivoting the artificial bull about a plurality of pivot points on an internal frame to simulate a bucking bull.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Inventor: Roland Tirelli
  • Patent number: 8038541
    Abstract: A motion-based system includes one or more passenger units, gimbaled about three axes, movably attached to arms or slots in a planar system extending radially from a central hub. The passenger units may be positioned along the arms any distance from the central hub thereby providing means for varying forces to be exerted thereon while maintaining a constant rotational speed. The mobile passenger units further provide means for loading and unloading subjects during operation of the system. The means includes passenger units being moved to the central hub location where they are disengaged from the rotating system and safely loaded and unloaded. Computers control the rotational speed of the system and the movements of the passenger units about at least three axes based on inputted or real-time data. The data can simulate real events, be arbitrarily developed or be based on real time events. The motion-based system has both training and amusement purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Inventor: Jared Freeman Solomon
  • Patent number: 7980957
    Abstract: The combination of a truly realistic three dimensional real image in color and a second device to produce a repetitive passage of a solid object through the real image creates the illusion of one solid body passing through another. A simple method of accomplishing this is to mount a clockworks with a pendulum over or under the image and allow a pendulum end to pass periodically through the real image. Other means such as a device running on a circular track could accomplish the same illusory effect. The pendulum end or the device can take various forms as can the real image. In principle the designs are not limited in size. Further, an amusement ride is contemplated by directing a track with a vehicle and a rider in the vehicle at the proper angle toward the real image creating an exciting visual moment passing through the apparently solid object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Inventors: Brooke Schumm, Jr., Brooke Schumm, III
  • Patent number: 7967688
    Abstract: A motion simulator has a motive device suspended in midair and having a base, a moving panel, twelve universal joints mounted on the base and the moving panel and six actuators connected to the universal joints and being retractable. A seat assembly is hung on the moving panel. Therefore, as the actuators retract, the seat assembly is moved in six degrees of freedom such as heave, sway, surge, pitch, roll and yaw. Audiences sitting on the seat assembly are hung with their feet hanging in the air and therefore feel excited and experience vivid virtual reality. Moreover, the actuators bear axial force such as drag force and thrust force and are endurable and safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignees: Brogent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Deng-Horng Lai, Ke-Cheng Chien
  • Patent number: 7905789
    Abstract: The patron restraint system for amusement rides includes a locking receiver with a locking assembly for engaging a restraining strap. The engagement of the restraining strap in the locking receiver can be verified by a ride operator by visual or physical inspection, or by a sensor system indicating the locked or unlocked state of the locking receiver. A latching ratchet mechanism may be provided in the receiver to restrict movement of the restraining strap until it is released by the ride operator. The sensor system includes an acoustic sensor that detects alignment of an aperture with a piezoelectric acoustic emitter and an acoustic detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Team IX, Ltd.
    Inventors: David L. Collins, Sirzat Sayin, David Althoff, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7905790
    Abstract: A vehicle and screen assembly is provided for theme park rides to create a ride-through screen experience. The assembly includes a vehicle for carrying passengers that includes a top or roof assembly with first and second sets of magnetic elements on an exterior surface of the top assembly, with each of the sets having a like pole oriented outward from the exterior surface. A screen assembly is included with first and second planar screen segments that are pivotably mounted adjacent to each other so as to hang or be positioned in a plane that is transverse to a track traveled by the vehicle. The screen segments include magnetic elements with exposed poles that match the outward facing pole of the corresponding sets of magnetic elements on the vehicle. The screen segments magnetically levitate away from the top assembly when the vehicle passes through the screen assembly without touching the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary W. Schnuckle
  • Patent number: 7837566
    Abstract: A passenger restraint system for a vehicle having a plurality of seats, each seat having a seatbelt, a retractor from which the seatbelt is extendable, and a receiver used to latch the seatbelt. Each retractor includes a first pneumatic locking element and a second pneumatic locking element for limiting movement of the seatbelt and each receiver includes a receiver pneumatic locking element for locking the seatbelt within the receiver. A controller controls the operation of a plurality of first valves for supplying air to the first pneumatic locking element of a corresponding one of the plurality of retractors, a second valve for supplying air to each of the second pneumatic locking element of the plurality of retractors, and a plurality of third valves for supplying air to the receiver pneumatic locking element of a corresponding one of the plurality of receivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: John Douglas Smith, James Burgess, Joel Fritsche, Chris Hellsten, Tim Kelley, Michael Mathaisel, Mario Scarabino, Dave Wiedman
  • Patent number: 7837567
    Abstract: There is provided a method of customizing a theme park experience comprising designating a theme park experience motif, selecting customizable features associated with the designated motif, and assembling the designated motif and the selected customizable features into a custom virtual theme park experience suitable for adaptation as a customized theme park experience. In one embodiment, the method includes hosting the custom virtual theme park experience, rating the popularity of the custom virtual theme park experience among a community of users, and adapting the custom virtual theme park experience to a customized theme park experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger Holzberg, Edward Kummer, Jeffrey Voris, Seth Mendelsohn
  • Patent number: 7766754
    Abstract: One embodiment of the invention discloses a method for animating an advertising device. The method comprising multiple steps such as providing a track system and a tower that is operatively coupled to the track. The tower can comprise one or more substantially transparent sections. The method further comprises providing a base support system that is operatively coupled to the tower. The base can be operatively coupled to a facade with one or more substantially non-transparent sections. The method further includes providing a vehicle system comprising a passenger-carrying vehicle that is operatively coupled to the track. Finally, the method includes animating the advertising device by transporting the vehicle between the substantially transparent section of the tower and the substantially non-transparent section of the facade. The vehicle movement can, for example, simulate fluid movement between the tower and the facade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Inventors: Daniel P. Davison, Jr., Richard H. Remmer
  • Patent number: 7722470
    Abstract: A flying arrangement, consisting of at least one flying unit that is able to start vertically and that can accommodate at least one person for flying freely within at least a hall, the boundaries of which prevent a flying unit from leaving the hall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Inventor: Dieter Wagels
  • Patent number: 7691002
    Abstract: A ride vehicle includes a tactile or physical contact system. The ride vehicle moves along a path or track. The path or track can be outdoors or partially or entirely indoors, i.e., in a dark ride. The system provides a touch effect by causing a physical or solid touch element to make physical contact with a part of a rider's body. Alternatively, the system can operate by projecting or spraying a gas, such as air, a vapor, such as water vapor or steam, or even a liquid, such as water, toward or onto part of a rider's body or the rider's clothing. The system is advantageously substantially self-contained aboard the vehicle, but may receive power or working fluid from off-board sources, either at discrete locations, or continuously along the ride path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLLP
    Inventors: Joseph F. Casey, Michael R. Kiddoo, Steven C. Blum, William F. Whitcomb, Scott R. Trowbridge
  • Patent number: 7680451
    Abstract: A method for providing a motion signal with a sound signal using an existing sound signal encoding format. The method comprises providing the motion signal, providing the sound signal, inserting the motion signal in an available data field provided in the existing encoding algorithm, encoding the sound signal with the inserted motion signal according to the existing encoding algorithm to generate an encoded bitstream sound signal and providing the encoded bitstream sound signal comprising the motion signal and the sound signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: D-Box Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Roy, Bruno Paillard
  • Publication number: 20090282941
    Abstract: A driving simulation device for simulating a driving game includes a mounting frame, a coupler shaft journaled to the mounting frame, extending along a coupling axis and cooperating with a horizontal direction to define an inclined acute angle, a seat body fixed on the coupler shaft above the mounting frame and having an extending direction, a seating portion and a driving portion disposed on the seat body along the extending direction. The extending direction of the seat body cooperates with the coupling axis to define a deviating acute angle therebetween. A swinging action of a rider on the seat body relative to the mounting frame results in turning of the seat body about the coupling axis, which, in turn, causes swinging action of the driving portion and the seating portion such that a swinging range of the driving portion is smaller than that of the seating portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Applicant: IGS INTERNATIONAL GAMES SYSTEM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: LI-HSIEN CHANG, CHI-SHIAN WANG
  • Publication number: 20090149265
    Abstract: There is provided a method of customizing a theme park experience comprising designating a theme park experience motif, selecting customizable features associated with the designated motif, and assembling the designated motif and the selected customizable features into a custom virtual theme park experience suitable for adaptation as a customized theme park experience. In one embodiment, the method includes hosting the custom virtual theme park experience, rating the popularity of the custom virtual theme park experience among a community of users, and adapting the custom virtual theme park experience to a customized theme park experience.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Roger Holzberg, Edward Kummer, Jeffrey Voris, Seth Mendelsohn
  • Publication number: 20090143153
    Abstract: A flying arrangement, consisting of at least one flying unit that is able to start vertically and that can accommodate at least one person for flying freely within at least a hall, the boundaries of which prevent a flying unit from leaving the hall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Inventor: Dieter Wagels
  • Patent number: 7484460
    Abstract: An amusement ride has a track defining a ride vehicle path with a section of the track that can be decoupled from the main track and is subsequently movable on or about up to three axes with between one and six independent degrees of freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLLP
    Inventors: Steven C. Blum, Michael R. Kiddoo, Scott R. Trowbridge
  • Patent number: 7465236
    Abstract: A flying arrangement, consisting of at least one flying unit (10) that is able to start vertically and that can accommodate at least one person for flying freely within at least a hall (100,200), the boundaries (2,3,4,5,6) of which prevent a flying unit (10) from leaving the hall (100,200,300).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: Dieter Wagels
    Inventor: Dieter Wagels
  • Patent number: 7448953
    Abstract: The invention provides a structure of a horse riding machine and directs to a mechanism composed of a swinging device and a guiding device. The mechanism can produce the back-and-forth motion, the swinging motion, and the left-and-right and up-and-down motions and thus the 8-shaped motion. Thus, the effect of actually riding a horse can be obtained such that the horse riding machine having the effect of overall exercising the buttock, the waist and the leg and the body-shaping effect can be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Inventor: Chiu-Ku Chen
  • Publication number: 20080146357
    Abstract: A balance training apparatus includes a base and a driving device is connected to the base so as to drive a seat portion in different axes. The driving device has a power source, a swing portion, an active portion driven by the power source and a passive portion which is driven by the active portion. The active portion has a first axle which is driven by the power source of the driving device and cooperated with two eccentric wheels. The passive portion has a second axle which includes a straight section and two crank portions are connected to two ends of the straight section. The two distal ends of the two crank portions are rotatably engaged with the first and second blocks on the base. The active and passive portions drive the seat portion to simulate a horse-riding motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Inventor: Pet Chent Hsu
  • Patent number: 7354351
    Abstract: A pair of opposed inflatable bladders form a false floor, ceiling or wall having a seam through which an object support is propelled, deforming the inflatable bladders around the support, thereby giving the appearance that an object mounted on the support above the bladders is self-propelled above the false floor, ceiling or wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLLP
    Inventor: Ross Edwards
  • Patent number: 7338413
    Abstract: A rocking exercise apparatus is provided with a motor and a driving unit for translating a torque of an output rotary shaft of the motor into rocking movements of a seat seated by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd.
    Inventor: Ryusuke Nakanishi